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8 Steps to Making Easy Cherry Plum Jam

We have these ornamental plum trees that produce “cherry plums.” They are about the size of a cherry but they are a tart plum (which I happen to love). We got a LOT of cherry plums this year. I only harvested one of our three trees and made a bunch of tart plum jam!

Here are the steps to making Cherry Plum Jam:

1. Pick the Cherry Plums

Pick them when they are ripe and are soft to the touch. YOu can usually tell when they are ripe because they begin to fall off the tree.

2. Rinse and place in crock pot overnight

I did learn a new trick this year though–instead of cutting all the seeds out one by one, I put them in my crock pot and cooked them overnight. This will soften them up and make them tender so that the pits fall out of them.

3. Use a Large Strainer

Using a large strainer and a large spoon, push on the cooked fruit so that the pits stay in the strainer and the fruit goes through and into a pot to make jam.








4. Add Ingredients

Here is the recipe:
  • 10 cups of pitted cherry plums
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Cook in a pot, stirring frequently until it thickens to a gelling point.

5. Ladle into jars

Be sure to use hot, clean canning jars. I like to clean my jars in the dishwasher so they are nice and hot as I remove them and ready to be used to can something new.

Be sure to leave about 1/2 inch headspace in the jars. Then wipe the rims of the jars before securing the lids with rings.

6. Waterbath Processing

Waterbath you canning jars for 15 minutes. Increase the time for higher altitudes.

7. Remove and Store

Remove the jars from the waterbath and set them on the country for at least 24-48 hours to ensure they are properly sealed before storing.

8. Enjoy the “fruits” of your labor


About the author, Tamara

Tamara K. Anderson is a speaker, author, podcaster, and is a professional in HOPE. She has four children who struggle with autism, ADHD, anxiety, visions issues, and all bring her great joy.

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